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Union County offers class in low-maintenance rain gardening


Elizabeth, NJ – If you are dreaming of a more attractive and carefree yard, a rain garden may be the answer for you. Learn more by attending a free class, How to Install a Rain Garden, at the Fanwood Memorial Library in Fanwood.

The class will be conducted by experts from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County and the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program.

“Why pay for something that falls free from the sky?” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Angel G. Estrada. “Rain gardens let you use less tap water in your yard. You’ll spend less time on maintenance, cut your water bills, and reduce the need for toxic chemicals, too.”

How to Install a Rain Garden will be held at the Fanwood Memorial Library on Thursday, September 25th, at 7:00 p.m.

The class includes a tour of the library’s own rain garden. There is no charge, but
pre-registration is required, by calling the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County
at 908-654-9854. More information about the class is also available at

Outdoor watering accounts for about 30% of household water use, mainly for lawns or
high-maintenance garden beds. The expense adds up. A rain garden simply diverts more rainwater where it’s needed: to the plants.

Rain gardens also rely on hardy native plants that thrive without harmful chemicals. A rain garden can be an attractive habitat for birds and butterflies, too.

The Cooperative Extension of Union County provides the community with science-based information on nutrition, food safety, home environmental health, family well-being, agriculture and 4-H youth development. It is supported in part by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Visit the Union County Green Connection,, for links to all Extension programs and other Union County environmental resources.